I don’t know about you, but I still feel nervous at the start of a new term, or any time I have a new class. I thought it would get easier with experience but with almost a decade of teaching experience, it hasn’t. I tell myself that if I feel a bit anxious, then how … More Getting Ready for First Lessons
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The next Delta module one exam is on Wednesday 7th June. It’s a year and a half since I took the exam, and I thought I would share some tips and useful links. I got a merit for the exam, so I must have done something right, despite my…
One of the sessions I attended at the IATEFL Conference in Glasgow was Keiran Donaghy, talking about how to use short films to encourage empathy. My own workshop explored instances of various -isms and -phobias in the classroom and how teachers can deal with prejudice in a careful manner. Working and living in Turkey, I have noticed some … More Refugee Blues – Poetry Activities in ELT
I was lucky enough to be one of the IATEFL Scholarship Winners for 2017. I won the Gill Sturtridge First Time Speaker award, which allowed me to attend the conference and give a workshop there. For more information about applying for scholarships, see IATEFL Scholarships. I was asked to write some posts about my experience before and after … More Treading Softly: My workshop at IATEFL Glasgow 2017
I did an intensive course for module two at CELT Athens in Autumn 2016. I chose this course for a number of reasons. Most of the intensive courses run in the summer, when I would rather be either earning money or relaxing in the shade. I don’t like hot weather and the thought of coping … More Delta Module Two: Intensive, you say?
Perhaps you’ve just started working as a teacher in Turkey, or maybe you’ve been teaching for years. Whatever your previous qualifications, do you feel like you need further input in order to be a more effective teacher? If you are hungry for new ideas, perhaps a promotion or (let’s face it), a higher salary or … More Professional Development for English Teachers in Turkey
It’s the time of the year when dictionaries announce their Word of the Year. After reading a few articles about the winning words, I decided to incorporate them into a lesson. Actually, it was my experimental practice lesson for the Delta, which I based on the Demand High approach (no further mention will be made of … More Words of the Year lesson plan